August 1, 2022
In April 2020, New York City launched the Taskforce on Racial Inclusion & Equity (TRIE) to address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. Seeing first-hand the devastating impact of COVID-19 on communities of color and an increase in demand for social services, AAFSC joined this taskforce to deepen and expand our efforts to promote the physical and mental health and well-being of vulnerable communities through a racial equity lens.
Selected by the community through a participatory budgeting process, the revitalization of two community gardens – PS 117 and MS 217 – aims to combat the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on immigrant communities of color. This spring, AAFSC volunteers, school leaders, and youth ambassadors kick-started our gardening effort to transform this space and broaden food access and mental health resources in the local Briarwood community.
The Mindfulness Toolkit is a sustainable, accessible, and lasting resource for all created by our five Briarwood Youth Ambassadors. Each activity welcomes Briarwood community members to fully engage with their mind, body, and surroundings. These activities provide opportunities for relaxation, stretching, and awareness of oneself to promote resilient mental health. Our Mindfulness Toolkit is publicly accessible below and in the gardens at PS 117 and MS 217, so they can be practiced by everyone in the community.